BUFFALO, NY - A Kenmore man who plead guilty to vehicular manslaughter - and DWI - earlier this year has been sentenced to one to three years for the crime.
In June, Robert Mooney drove drunk and crashed, killing his friend, who was the passenger.
It was emotional in court during the sentencing, because Mooney and Joseph Cavalleri, 20, were friends and grew up together. And, even the judge was choked up and was fighting back tears.
"He made a horrible decision to drink and drive and that the memory of what happened on June 21 will be an incredible burden for him to carry around and frankly that anything I do here will pale in comparison," said Erie County Judge Kenneth Case.
Mooney says he's depressed and grief stricken over the death of Cavalleri.
"I can't express how much I'm so sorry for the things that I've done and the decision I made to take away a son, a father, a brother, and I can't imagine the pain that you go through," Mooney said.
When Mooney was drunk, he lost control of his jeep and flipped over multiple times. He had a blood alcohol content nearly twice the legal limit.
Mooney was going 83 mph in a 45 mph zone on Route 5 in the Town of Brant.
He came up too fast on a car, lost control and crashed.
"If I could take back the time and right the wrong that I've done, I would trade places with Joey any second because I can't imagine the pain put through all his loved ones," said Mooney.
There were so many friends and family members in court that not all could fit inside. Cavalleri's mother had been demanding for months for an apology for the incident.
The victim's mother, who did not wish to be shown spoke about the loss of her son and that just about everyone in their family is getting professional help as they grieve.
Cavalleri leaves behind a 2-year-old daughter.